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  •  Our constitution provides for majority rule, (0+ / 0-)

    which is the democratic principle, except to the extent that it impinges on the enumerated rights in the Bill of Rights.  And even majority rule is diluted by the electoral college system of electing the president.

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Sun May 12, 2013 at 04:39:38 AM PDT

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    •  Our Constitution not only doesn't provide for (0+ / 0-)

      "majority rule", it prohibits it.  If we were a fully democratic state, every eligible person could cast a vote on every bill in congress.  We don't have that.  We have a Republic, where the officials who actually do the voting are elected by the public for that purpose.

      Still, I don't understand your correlation between the process by which a president is chosen (the electoral college), and the infringements upon our individual rights.  Regardless of the manner in which presidents have lately been elected, the rights of the individual continue to be sacrificied for the supposed good of the collective, which is exactly the opposite of Constitutional framers intent.

      •  Our Constitution does not prohibit majority rule. (0+ / 0-)

        Read more, study harder, Tork.

        The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

        by helfenburg on Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:04:02 PM PDT

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